Step 2: Rebuild Design

Working with a design professional, create a set of plans for your new home. These plans should include design, engineering and required code updates. You may be able to access the original building plans by contacting the original designer or the City of Santa Rosa Planning Department. Extensive design changes will affect the speed of the permitting and review process. 


  • Hire design professional 
  • Retrieve original plans or start from scratch 
  • Make any design enhancements and required code upgrades 
  • If applicable, coordinate any necessary reviews with your homeowner’s association (HOA)

Tip: Now is a great time to begin interviewing and selecting a licensed contractor. Visit the North Coast Builders Exchange at for more resources.